It's the fabulous Laurie's turn to host our Paper Players challenge this week and she has a challenge that is REALLY close to my heart :-)
This challenge could not have come at a better time! I was finishing up my Altenew Educator Certification Program Level 2 final and needed to make a card to work with my home decor project. You can imagine how happy I was when I saw Laurie's challenge. Florals. Clean and Simple. Oh! Yeah! Perfect to finish off my AECP project.
Let's begin with the card and work backwards.
Those of you that have been with me for a while may have realized that the Altenew Enchanted Iris is one of my favorite sets. My mother loved Iris and Tulips and they were two of the sets that I was determined to own when Altenew brought them out.
I have manipulated the Iris in watercolors, comic markers, Polychromos pencils and Prismacolor pencils. I don't mind how I use them.. I just love using them.
I needed to make a card that represented the home decor project that I had created as part of my final AECP level 2 challenge. As my home decor projects have a blended blue background, and my video is based on the Iris - I decided I would mimic that in my card.
I began with a woodgrain focal layer and added some Sea Glass ink to the left hand side of the woodgrain paper. I then stamped and colored the two Iris images and die-cut them with the matching dies. I adhered the woodgrain layer to a Neenah Solar White card based layered the iris. I wanted them to be lifted from the card base, but each is a slightly different height.
here's a closeup of my Prismacolor flowers:
The card echoes one of the home decor projects in that it is no-line coloring. Prismas are perfect for this. I love the texture the Altenew woodgrain paper gives to the background.
Here's my full card:
I hope you will join us and play along with Laurie's challenge this week. If you are looking for inspiration, you have to look no further than our amazing design team cards:
Now... on to my art project for AECP. For a long time I have been trying to work out what I could do with my stamps where the end result was something other than a card. A couple of weeks ago I was wondering around Black and noticed these great 6x6 canvas panels - I think they were 5 for $9. I bought them on a whim thinking that I might get to use them.
When I heard from Virginia that our final AEP project was an updated bathroom, I decided they would be perfect for the challenge. BUT... I needed to buy frames for them. I was lucky enough to find 4 box frames at Michaels for 70% off. So, I think each frame cost me something like $4 :-)
The video below... and please forgive me... it's the first time I have made a video since 2011! My iMac ran out of memory, so I couldn't buy the editing software - and the last time I used editing software was 2011 - so my old copy was no longer relevant! Needless to say, it has taken me days to try to get a feel of the product, the video and the subsequent tools. I promise I will get better at creating and editing the videos
As I made the video, I will not be going into a lot of written details. If you have any questions, feels free to send me an email - or leave me a message. BTW... I have no idea why it left such a big gap before the video was inserted :-)
Now have seen the video on how I made the single panel - I thought you might like to look at the four of them together. I love the curly 4 seasons that we have here in Minnesota and wanted to celebrate that with the Altenew stamps. I created a panel for each of the 4 seasons. Beginning with tulips. moving to Iris, then to sunflowers (or a modified sunflower in this case!) and on to poinsettias.
Here is a photo of where they are in my craft room:
The great thing about them is that I can see them as soon as I walk into my craft room and... they are right next to my little Charlie's place. He sleeps on top of the climber for almost all of the time I am in my craft room. He also uses the climber as vertical exercise. He jumps up and down the various levels whilst I chase his tail. He absolutely love this game. For now, though, you can just see him curled up fast asleep :-)
I'll be back later in the week with another card and some photos. In the meantime, warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a little lift tonight.
- Stamps: Enchanted Iris. Thinking of You. - Altenew
- Cardstock: Neenah Solar White #110. Woodgrain Altenew
- Box Frame Wall art: Stamps: Enchanted Iris, Tulip Stamp Set. Spring Daisy. Poinsettia and Pine - All Altenew
- Canvases: Blick
- Frames: Michaels
- Colors: Comic Markers